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ERIC Number: EJ1037083
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 111
ISSN: ISSN-0018-1560
Do Charismatic Presidents Influence College Applications and Alumni Donations? Organizational Identity and Performance in US Higher Education
Bastedo, Michael N.; Samuels, Elias; Kleinman, Molly
Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning, v68 n3 p397-415 Sep 2014
The effect of charismatic leadership on organizational performance is contested. Yet despite the lack of consistent evidence of the value of charismatic leadership to organizations, presidential searches have increasingly favored charismatic candidates. This study shows how organizational identity mediates the relationship between charismatic leadership and organizational performance. Among religious colleges, but not among private colleges considered overall, there is a positive relationship between presidents' charismatic leadership and the number of applications for enrollment and the amount of financial donations colleges receive. This suggests that among organizations with atypical identities, charismatic leadership can be interpreted as a meaningful signal of organizational performance.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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